Those old Studio Ghibli anime films may be getting on in years, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t still great. In fact, they just proved that with their recent releases.

Studio Ghibli logo featuring Totoro.
Ah, the logo that makes you smile no matter what age you are.

You know that pesky coronavirus? Yeah, it’s a bad time all around, but it’s not all bad. It’s a great time to just sit at home and binge-watch films, and what better time is there than to binge-watch Studio Ghibli anime films? In fact, that’s probably why they decided to rerelease many of their old films.

And wouldn’t you know it, Studio Ghibli still make a hefty profit off of them, even in theaters. A $25 million USD profit, to be precise, since the end of September 2020. Considering that only a little under 400 theaters are showing these films, it proves that these timeless classics are still indeed timeless. If you look at them, it’s not hard to see why.

Move Aside Disney, Studio Ghibli is in the House!

A list of most of Studio Ghibli's films.
All the Studio Ghibli you could ever want.

If by some miracle, you have never seen a Studio Ghibli film in your life, I urge you to watch them. What, you don’t feel like watching through over a score of anime films? Well, in that case, here’s my top 3 list of Studio Ghibli films you must see before you kick the bucket.

Castle in the Sky poster.
AKA: Airships, Airships, Airships!

Castle in the Sky is the film that started it all for Studio Ghibli. If you want airships, flying castles, airships, sky pirates, and most importantly of all: airships, you can’t beat this film.

Spirited Away poster.
AKA: Chihiro in Wonderland.

Spirited Away is Studio Ghibli’s most well-known anime film. Seriously, if you haven’t even so much as heard of this film, you’ve been living under a rock for far too long. If you want to see an-actually-sensible Alice as she tries to survive in a Japanese Wonderland full of spirits, this is the film for you.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind poster.
AKA: A Princess and her Giant Pill Bug Thing.

To be fair, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind isn’t technically a Studio Ghibli film. It was however directed by Hayao Miyazaki, so I’d count it as one in spirit. If you want airship combat, a strongly antiwar tone, airship combat, large-scale battles, and of course, airship combat, you’ll definitely love this one.


Studio Ghibli’s old anime films still got it, even after all these years. Seriously, making a profit of $25 million USD in theaters during a pandemic? It only shows how much people still love the likes of Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Seriously, if you haven’t watched any of these films, or even if you haven’t watched them in a while, I urge you to do so. You’ll not regret it. You might even get excited about that upcoming Studio Ghibli theme park, whenever they finish it.

Source: Comic Book